Sebring 12 Hours: Nasr tops first practice in AXR Cadillac

David Malsher

In the 75-minute session there were two red flags for spins at Turn 5 – one by the PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca and the second by the #85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac.

Eventually Nasr’s time, set on the #31 AXR Cadillac DPi-V.R’s eighth of 17 laps, held up by 0.355sec over Dane Cameron’s best in the #6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05, which was less than one tenth quicker than Renger van der Zande was third in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

Nasr's fulltime partner for 2019 is Pipo Derani a two-time winner of Sebring, and that has added some impetus to the lineup which in the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds such as this includes Eric Curran, with whom Derani won the Prototype title in 2018.

Said Nasr: “Now that [Derani] is in the car with us, we need to make sure he wins this race as well, which will be my first time winning Sebring,” Nasr said.   “I really want to do it. I felt like we had an amazing car at Daytona and we started on the right foot here again. I’m really hoping we can get on that top step pretty soon.”

 

Romain Dumas slotted the CORE autosport Nissan into fourth ahead of Tristan Vautier’s JDC Caddy.

Gabriel Aubry’s top lap put PR1/Mathaiasen ahead of Performance Tech Motorsports in LMP2.

In GTLM, the Porsche 911 RSRs of Bamber and Patrick Pilet sandwiched the two Ford GTs of Richard Westbrook and Joey Hand, while Bamber wound up a full second quicker than the best of the Corvettes, and 1.8sec quicker than the second.

The Acura NSX of Meyer Shank Racing led GT Daytona, Mario Farnbacher 0.45sec faster than Pat Long in the Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Aaron Telitz (AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus), Rolf Ineichen (Grasser Lamborghini), Toni Vilander (Scuderia Corsa Ferrari) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Riley Motorsports Mercedes) ensured six different manufacturers filling the top six slots.

Practice times:

Pos. No. Drivers Class Chassis Time Gap
1 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr DPi Cadillac DPi 1'46.996  
2 6 Colombia Dane Cameron DPi Acura DPi 1'47.351 0.355
3 10 United States Matthieu Vaxiviere DPi Cadillac DPi 1'47.389 0.393
4 54 France Colin Braun DPi Nissan DPi 1'47.806 0.810
5 85 Colombia Tristan Vautier DPi Cadillac DPi 1'48.027 1.031
6 7 United States Ricky Taylor DPi Acura DPi 1'48.186 1.190
7 5 New Zealand Joao Barbosa DPi Cadillac DPi 1'48.270 1.274
8 84 Switzerland Stephen Simpson DPi Cadillac DPi 1'48.359 1.363
9 55 United Kingdom Jonathan Bomarito DPi Mazda DPi 1'48.536 1.540
10 77 United Kingdom Tristan Nunez DPi Mazda DPi 1'48.857 1.861
11 50 Austria Agustin Canapino DPi Cadillac DPi 1'50.002 3.006
12 52 United States Gabriel Aubry LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'50.877 3.881
13 38 United States Andrew Evans LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'52.468 5.472
14 912 New Zealand Mathieu Jaminet GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'56.983 9.987
15 67 Australia Richard Westbrook GTLM Ford GT 1'57.313 10.317
16 66 France Dirk Muller GTLM Ford GT 1'57.480 10.484
17 911 United Kingdom Frédéric Makowiecki GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'57.594 10.598
18 4 Switzerland Tommy Milner GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'57.991 10.995
19 3 Denmark Mike Rockenfeller GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'58.818 11.822
20 25 United States Colton Herta GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'58.838 11.842
21 24 United States Philipp Eng GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'59.142 12.146
22 86 United States Trent Hindman GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'00.793 13.797
23 73 United States Nicholas Boulle GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'01.240 14.244
24 12 United States Aaron Telitz GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'01.448 14.452
25 11 Switzerland Rik Breukers GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'01.521 14.525
26 63 Finland Jeff Westphal GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'01.593 14.597
27 33 Netherlands Felipe Fraga GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'01.653 14.657
28 14 United Kingdom Richard Heistand GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'01.700 14.704
29 57 United Kingdom Ana Beatriz GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'01.775 14.779
30 96 United States Dillon Machavern GTD BMW M6 GT3 2'01.809 14.813
31 48 United States Ryan Hardwick GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'01.941 14.945
32 29 Canada Richard Feller GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'02.002 15.006
33 71 Germany JC Perez GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'02.194 15.198
34 9 Canada Zacharie Robichon GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'02.267 15.271
35 8 United Kingdom Ezequiel Perez Companc GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'02.667 15.671
36 47 United States Don Yount GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'02.899 15.903
37 19 United States Alex Riberas GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'03.244 16.248
38 44 United States John Potter GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3